We recently had an article published in the Gold Coast Sun discussing the importance of having your eyes checked for Macular Degeneration.
You can read the article below or click here to view it online
MD is primarily age-related and most frequently affects people over the age of 50.
The major risk factors are age, smoking, poor diet and a family history of the disease.
One in seven people over the age of 50 is affected by the disease.
DIANE Blatch doesn’t take her eyes for granted. More than five years ago the Burleigh Waters resident started losing her vision after she was diagnosed with macular degeneration.
‘‘I think many people have macular degeneration but they are just not aware of it,’’ she said. ‘‘Regardless of how old you are it is so important to get your eyes tested.’’
To help prevent her eyesight from deteriorating further she said she ate a lot of vegetables and vitamins.
‘‘Once you have a problem with your eyes you become more aware of how important they are,’’ she said.
With Macular Degeneration Awareness Week coming up on Sunday, she encouraged everyone to get their eyes checked.
Envision Optical director and optometrist Andrew Bowden said macular degeneration had become the leading cause of blindness and major vision loss in Australia. ‘‘MD causes loss to our central vision which is vital to the ability to read, drive, recognise faces and see colours clearly,’’ he said.
‘‘The community needs to be educated on the importance of early detection, diagnosis and prevention of MD as there is no cure for the disease.’’
He said avoiding hydrogenated fats and chemical food additives were effective in delaying its progression.
‘‘If you experience any sudden change in vision you should visit your optometrist immediately and never dismiss vision difficulties as just needing glasses, experiencing eye strain or getting older,’’ he said.
For details call 1800 111 709 or visit the website www.mdfoundation.com.au